ANC says it made ‘strides’ in building better SA for youth

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The ANC has used its Youth Day message to say it remains mindful of the deeply rooted challenges facing the country’s young people such as poverty, unemployment as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

South Africa marked 46 years since the Soweto Uprising in 1976, during which young people took to the streets to protest against the apartheid regime for continuing the school curriculumn in Afrikaans.

The party has essentially lauded itself for introducing a variety of interventions to mitigate against challenges faced by the youth, which is open for debate.

“Amongst them is the introduction of The Presidential Youth Employment Initiative which includes recruiting young people for a whole range of jobs working at local schools. According to Stats SA, youth unemployment in South Africa is at staggering 66.5%. Indeed no society can expect to grow or prosper when the majority of its young people are out of work,” said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.

THE ANC MARKS YOUTH DAY

The ANC says as it seeks to consolidate the gains of the liberation struggle, the country continues to look up to the current generation of youth to once again play a leading role in the national effort to confront the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

The party says as a country, it expects the youth to contribute with the same passion and conviction that they displayed in thefightagainst apartheid, towards the creation of a better life for all. It adds that young people must continue to occupy their rightful place as change agents and to shape the future of the nation.

“Since the 1994 democratic breakthrough, the ANC has made significant strides towards reaching our goal of building a better country for young people. For many young people, our country is now a far better place to live in than it was prior to our liberation. However, we must acknowledge that more still needs to be done in the area of youth empowerment. Our immediate challenge is to adequately address the economic plight of young people. The ANC government has a duty to empower young people and to help restore the dignity of all young people, many of whom are grappling with the reality of unemployment, inadequate access to education, drug abuse, gender-based violence and a life of crime”

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe

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